Bought – ASDA, 11th March 2014
90/100 – Whisky Bible 2014
80.47/100 – Whiskybase (average from 109 member votes)
Although I already have a 12-year-old Glengoyne in my collection, a tempting offer by ASDA on this 10-year-old got me reaching for my Whisky Bible. Scoring 90/100, Jim Murray sums up his review of this malt with “not a single negative note from first to last and now a touch of oil and coffee has upped the intensity further”.
On the label of the bottle we see those magic words “natural colour” which means no added caramel. Although Ralfy hasn’t reviewed this bottle, you can be certain he’d say “it would be better at 46% than 40%!” but there’s certainly plenty of flavour in this dram to forgive the shortness of oomph. I’m particularly impressed with the presentation of this bottle, making it a suitable gift for a whisky lover who is open to trying something other than the standard Glenfiddich, Glenlivet, Glenmorangie, etc.
The Glengoyne distillery produce quite a sizeable range including a 12yo, 15yo, 18yo and 21yo. Jim Murray scores them 91.5/100, 81/100, 82/100 and 90/100 respectively, so my 10yo gets the same mark as the 21yo! Jim’s favourite in this group is the 12yo, and at 43% it’s a bit closer to the magic 46% than the 10yo.
Here’s Mark Dermul’s review on You Tube (August 2015):